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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Movie Review: The Lego Movie

What about you makes you special? In February 2014, Emmet didn't think he had anything special about himself, then he realized being himself was special.

Directing this 100 minute animation/action/comedy/family is Phil Lord and Christopher Miller.

Some of the voice cast is: Chris Pratt as Emmet Brickowoski, Elizabeth Banks as Wyldstyle/Lucy, Will Ferrell as Lord Business/President Business/The Man Upstaris, Will Arnett as Batman/Bruce Wayne, Morgan Freeman as Vitruvius, Liam Neeson as Bad Cop/Good Cop/Pa Cop, Nick Offerman as Metal Beard, Alison Brie as Uni-Kitty, Charlie Day as Benny and Jadon Sand as Finn. With a cool appearance by Billy Dee Williams as Lando Calrissian.

Evil threatens a world built out of happiness... and legos. Lord Business wishes to unleash a devastating super weapon upon the lego universe, the Kragle! If the Kragle is used, Lord Business could freeze the lego-verse in place. Creating what he feels would be worlds of perfect order, as seen in his eyes. Luckily, Lord Business was stopped by Vitruvius, who fore warned Lord Business of a prophecy. In which someone called the "special" would find the Piece of Resistance and stop the Kragle for good. Now years later, the evil Lord is up to no good again with the same plan. Use the Kragle to glue the lego worlds into perfection. While Wyldstyle is out looking for the Piece of Resistance, she finds something she wasn't expecting, the special one! Now that the resistance has the special one on their side, it's time to take down Lord Bussniess. All Emmet has to do is find out what's so "special" about himself and save the lego-verse. No big right?
                                                   

Have you ever wanted a window into a kids imagination? Well, here you go! This was simply a great story with a well built playthrough. Dan & Kevin Hagerman, Phil Lord and Chris Miller wrote a great story based off of Lego toys. Then handed it over to very creative animation department and visual effects team that created a lego-tasitc world to watch the story unfold in. What I liked about this flick was that it wasn't just another CGI built clean film, they went with both CGI and stop motion, and that touch added a real-er look to it all, bringing the legos to life. While I was really impressed by the voice cast they were able to get, this one didn't really need big names to pull off a great film, which just made the cast names a huge bonus. Come on, who doesn't want to hear Freeman playing a voice of wisdom and guidance, or doesn't get a thrill from hearing Williams voice as Calrissian again? For me, this was the best of both worlds when it came to Legos. I was able to enjoy Lego toys... and there was nothing to step on when it was over. Win! Speaking of a win, that brings me to the overall of the film. If you're looking for a fun adventure for the whole family then catch this one. It has a great pace to the film, so the kids shouldn't get bored, and neither will the adults. The moral of the story was very good, and might even reignite that childhood spark in all of us that's easy to lose in the adult world of today. Even with all of the "super heroes" around, it reminds us that there is something "super" in all of us, that we just have to look for what makes us special and use it. After this one, everyone may want to go home and start building an adventure of their own out of legos. Side note, it appears that with the hit this one received the powers that be have already started pulling together the teams to start working on the sequel. Lets hope they can build another gold brick like they did with this one. 

It's rated PG for (lego) violence.

When it comes to this movie, "everything is awesome" so it gets 5 stars.


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